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Marlins president David Samson is proud that he ripped off Miami taxpayers

Jan 23, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

David Samson AP

We’ve mentioned before that Marlins President David Samson is going to be a contestant on “Survivor.” Yesterday his little bio for the show was released. In those things, the contestants talk up their accomplishments and explain why they’ll win. Here’s Samson:

Personal Claim to Fame: Got local government in Miami to contribute over 350 million dollars to a new baseball park during the recession.

He’s actually understating things, as overruns put the public part of the stadium bill over $400 million.

But either way, that’s totally something to be proud of. Misleading officials about the benefits of the stadium and the dire straits the team was in when, in reality, the team was not going to move anyplace and was consistently turning a profit. Setting in motion a process that resulted in the bilking of taxpayers for more than anyone thought without their approval, costing multiple public officials their jobs and leading to an SEC investigation. Getting fans’ hopes up about bringing a winner to Miami and then quickly gutting the roster and thereby souring local fans on the team and the ballpark.

As claims to fame go, not bad. Not bad at all.

  1. themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    It doesn’t take a word smith to see that this dink just bragged on how he ripped off his fans tax money for his ballclub’s stadium. Another brilliant PR move from this cancerous lesion of a franchise. How does he not get fired for this?

    On an aside note, MLB went after Alex Rodriguez tooth and nail to grossly over punish him “in the best interests of baseball”. THIS donkey, Samson, is bragging about ripping off his team’s fans to the tune of $40M. Is Selig going to saddle up Rocinante and go get him, too? Because of the two things, I’m failing to see how Rodriguez’s crimes are worse than those of Samson and his Lord & Master, Loria.

    • themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      Sorry. I missed a zero. That’s “$400M”

      • Old Gator - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        How does he not get fired for this? He’s Scrooge McLoria’s stepson, that’s how. Even having rid himself of the Chihuahua’s dam – she probably had a frontloaded prenup so her service value was exhausted by the time she had had enough – Scrooge McLoria still smiles with affection upon his elvin bagman, aware, no doubt, that the smug little bastard knows too much about him to fire.

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM

        So those are his credentials? He’s related to Loria? Wow. Sounds like he’ll do really well on a reality show.

      • Old Gator - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        He’d do better on a surreality show. I mean, this is Macondo.

    • peymax1693 - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Why would he get fired? Chances are he took his cues from his equally scurrilous boss, Mr. Loria.

      Plus, I am surprised that you think the leadership of an MLB franchise committing fraud on a massive scale against the City of Miami and it’s taxpayers is just as bad as A-Rod trying to get a few more home runs out of his body before it quit on him. Anyone can see that a player try to cheat father time is much worse than multi-millionaires cheating a city out of $400 million and then bragging about it.

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        I am an innocent lamb, I guess.

    • Old Gator - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      I think the bright side of this is how few “fans” the Feesh ackcherley have. Ergo, what they ripped off from their fans can’t really amount to very much. The dark side of this is how much the sons of bitches ripped off from everyone else in the city.

  2. ningenito78 - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    I wanna talk to Sampson!

    • Old Gator - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Why? Is there a BS shortage in your neck of the woods?

    • uwsptke - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Fly me to the moon like that b!tch Alice Kramden!

      • Old Gator - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:20 PM

        I used to love it when Ralph came home after a bad day in traffic and smacked her around a little before draining a Ballantine and belching so the producer would know it was time to switch to a commercial. Unfortunately, you youngsters will never get to see those scenes because misogyny has become politically incorrect, and they’ve been replaced in the box set DVDs and digital downloads with CGI replicas; now, all Ralph ever does is berate her and threaten to slap her around.

        My mother once said that if she had been married to that fat bullying slob, she would have walked out on him after the third episode.

    • djpostl - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:26 PM

      Do you now?

  3. shawnuel - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    In the immortal words of Bill Bavasi: “F*** David Samson!”

    • Old Gator - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Ackcherley, those are Norman Braman’s immortal words.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    “In his spare time, David likes to club baby seals and make fun of orphans to their faces.”

  5. foreverchipper10 - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Why do I have this bad feeling he is going to do well on Survivor…

  6. asimonetti88 - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: By leading without actually being a leader.

    Well, can’t argue that one.

  7. Mark Armour - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    He is a capitalist. This is absolutely something to be proud of, pretty much the epitome of what capitalism is. If he could somehow employ the “created jobs” canard, he would get the perfect score.

    • themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      Using public money for private enterprise is “Capitalism”? Well. That’s a new one.

      • Old Gator - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:56 AM

        In contemporary academic discourse, it’s referred to as “late capitalism.”

    • karlkolchak - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      Well, no, that’s socialism, actually. The very worst form of socialism that gives taxpayer money to the wealthy.

    • Mark Armour - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Its pretty much capitalism. The bigger the capitalist you are, the more people you employ whose very job it is to lobby for tax breaks, land deals, government help with infrastructure improvements and the like. In the Capitalism Game, Samson got a Yahtzee, and is probably held in awe by his fellow magnates.

  8. danfrommv - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    It’s actually much, much worse and much more sinister.
    The way Miami funded this was to put up bonds that aren’t paid back until starting around 2038.
    With interest, Miami’s FUTURE taxpayers will have to pay back more than $1 BILLION dollars.
    And, or course, by then, the Marlins will want ANOTHER new stadium, or they will threaten to move.

    • Old Gator - Jan 23, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      Thanks for bringing that up. I was about to and you saved me the trouble. Really, when the revolution comes, everyone on that city council should be the first to be taken out and shot, especially our lower-than-scumbag city controller who sprang for those bonds that even Shylock himself would have been too embarrassed to broker.

    • uwsptke - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      Holy Santa Clause Sh!t.

      • uwsptke - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        *Claus. Damn Tim Allen holiday movie marathons.

  9. upperdecker19 - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Maybe watching him eat cow testicles and pig brains on Survivor, only to not win the show, will ease the sting of the $400 million to the taxpayers.

    • Old Gator - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      Maybe watching him step on a taipan would ease it better.

  10. nymets4ever - Jan 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    What an embarrassing Organization….

  11. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 23, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    For a little perspective, I read this morning that NYC estimates it will cost $340Million to fund pre-K for all NYC kids. Given that NYC has a population about 20x that of Miami, let’s just go ahead and say that they could have funded a similar program in Miami for the next twenty years with that money and had some left over. Instead they gave it to a billionaire. Way to go, Miami!

  12. granadafan - Jan 23, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    No wonder the Miami taxpayers told the Dolphins and Roger Goodell to get bent when they demanded the public build ANOTHER stadium for a multibillioniare, Ross. Goodell has now threatened that Miami will get no more Super Bowls unless they replace a perfectly good stadium.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 23, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      Perfectly good?? Surely you jest! Why this stadium is over 25 years old, which is over 150 years old in dog years! And don’t you see that small patch of moss growing in the third deck between that tiny crack under that one seat? Why, this stadium is nothing but a pile of trash! How can a football team make money in something like this?

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